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"The Jungle Rhythm" is the opening song featured in the film, The Jungle Book 2. It is sung by Mowgli who is attempting to convince Shanti and the children of the Man Village the jungle where he was raised is not as bad as the adults say. During the end of the song, Shanti warns Mowgli not to go to the jungle without permission, because of the dangers encountered in this area.

A reprise is sung by Mowgli in solo after overhearing the conversation between Baloo and the animals in the ruins about Mowgli's encounter with Shanti.

The song was also included in the 2003 DVD edition of Disney Sing Along Songs: Circle of Life.


Mowgli: That morning sun peeks over the mountains
And all the rhinos rub their eyes
When they hear
(Ranjan: Hear what?)
Hear the jungle rhythm

Those birds are tap-tap-tappin' the tree trunks
The busy bee hums as he flies
Loud and clear
To the jungle rhythm

Now you can hightail it out of the jungle
But it never leaves your heart
First. you feel that beat start bubbling under
Then you hear the tom-toms loud as thunder

(villagers chant)
It's moving me!
Sounds a lot like being free
(with chorus)
When you feel
Feel the jungle rhythm

Feel the jungle rhythm

(Come on, Shanti!)

Can't do without rhythm
And when it fills the air
Animals everywhere
Join in the dance
(Shanti: Hey! Give me that!)

You'll dance along with 'em
Feeling it steal your soul
Male Villager: We'll stomp our paws!
Female Villager: Flap our wings!
Mowgli: Maybe do one or two crazy things

Ranjan: (imitating a parrot) Caw Caw!
(Mowgli: Yeah that's it!)
Ooh-ahh, ooh-ahh!
(imitating a wolf) Awoo!
(blows on a horn to imitate an elephant)

Villagers: (imitating monkeys) Eep! Eep! Eep!
Ranjan: Caw! Caw!
Villagers: Eep! Eep! Eep!
(chanting) Ooh Chika Chika Boom!

Eep! Eep! Eep!
Ranjan: A-whoo!
(rhythmic animal chants)

Villagers: Boom-a-chaka, boom-a-chaka,
Boom-a-chaka, boom-a-chaka, boom!

All: Check out those chat-chat-chattering monkeys
Swinging through the banyan trees
Two by two (two by two)
To the jungle rhythm
(Boom-chaka-chaka, boom!)

Sounds like a wolf pack way in the distance
Singing pretty harmonies
Woo-woo-woo (woo-woo-woo)
To the jungle rhythm

Mowgli: Yeah! That's it!

All: Now you can hightail it out of the jungle
But it never leaves your heart

First, you feel that beat start bubbling under
Then you hear the tom toms loud as thunder

(Mowgli: It's moving me!)

Sounds a lot like being free
When I feel...
(When I feel) (3x)
Feel the jungle rhythm! (5x)

Mowgli: That morning sun peeks over the mountains
And all the rhinos rub their eyes
When they hear
Hear the jungle rhythm

How could it be
Half as good as being free
Part of me
Like the jungle rhythm

Like the jungle rhythm


  • Australian group Ten Tenors sing this for the German release of the movie.
  • Mowgli's wolf family doesn't appear, but the song references wolf howling.
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Original: MowgliBalooBagheeraKing LouieShere KhanKaaColonel HathiWinifredHathi, Jr.Buzzie, Flaps, Ziggy, and DizzyAkelaRamaShantiRakshaWolf PupsSeeonee PackJungle PatrolFlunkeyBandar-log

Deleted characters: Rocky the RhinoBuldeoTabaqui
Sequel: RanjanRanjan's FatherMessuaShanti's MotherLucky
Rudyard Kipling's: Grey BrotherNathooKitty BrydonColonel Geoffrey BrydonSergeant ClaiborneDr. Julius PlumfordWilliam BooneSergeant HarleyBuldeoTabaquiLt. John WilkinsIndian BanditsAlice, Rose, and Margaret
Jungle Cubs: Arthur and CecilThe CrocMahraNed, Jed & FredMungoLeahCainDholesWinifred's UncleMcCoyDictator TurtleWhitehood
Mowgli's Story: Li'l RakshaChilBiranyiTarzan Chimp
2016 film: IkkiMr. PangolinGiant SquirrelFred the Pygmy HogMowgli's Father
House of Mouse: King Larry

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Season One: "A Night in the Wasteland" • "How the Panther Lost His Roar/The Humans Must Be Crazy" • "Hathi Meets His Match/Buffaloed" • "Mondo Mungo/Bare Necessities" • "Who Wants to Be a Baboon?" • "Red Dogs" • "The Great Kaadini" • "Hulla Baloo/Shere Bliss" • "Treasure of the Middle Jungle" • "Feather Brains/Benny & Clyde" • "Splendor in the Mud" • "Trouble in the Jungle/Fool Me Once..." • "The Coming of the Wolves"

Season Two: "The Ape Who Would Be King" • "Trunks for the Memories/Kasaba Ball" • "Hathi's Makeover/Curse of the Magnificent Melon" • "The Five Bananas/Birthday Snake" • "Old Green Teeth/The Elephant Who Couldn't Say No" • "Hair Ball/A Tale of Two Tails" • "Waiting for Baloo/Tree for Two" • "Nice Tiger/Sleepless in the Jungle"

Original: "Colonel Hathi's March" • "The Bare Necessities" • "I Wan'na Be Like You" • "Trust in Me" • "That's What Friends are For" • "My Own Home"

More Jungle Book: "Baloo's Blues" • "Jungle Fever" • "If You Wanna See Some Strange Behavior (Take a Look at Man)" • "It's a Kick"
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The Jungle Book: Mowgli's Story: "The Monkey Time"
The Jungle Book Groove Party: "The Jungle's No Place for a Boy" • "Join the Ranks" • "Go Bananas in the Coconut Tree" • "A Mood for Food" • "We Are the Vultures" • "Run" • "A Brand New Day"
Sequel: "The Jungle Rhythm" • "W-I-L-D" • "Right Where I Belong"
Deleted: "Brothers All" • "The Song of the Seeonee" • "Monkey See, Monkey Do" • "I Knew I Belonged to Her" • "In A Day's Work" • "The Mighty Hunters" • "I've Got You Beat" • "Braver"

See Also
Disney Sing Along Songs: The Bare NecessitiesTaleSpinDisney's Jungle BoogieMowgli and Baloo's Jungle Jams